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How do you store your "house" long gun?

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  1. wjv

    wjv Zip It Stan Lee.. . .

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    How do you store your "house" long gun?

    For those of you that keep a long gun for home defense, how do you store it?

    I have two younger kids, and we quite often have other neighborhood kids over at our house. Because of that I can't just leave a loaded rifle in the corner, leaning against the wall. Additionally, a few year back we had a problem with a large male black bear prowling around, so I wanted to keep a rifle handy just in case I took the dogs out at night and ran into Mr. bear.

    This is what I ended up doing.

    Standard bedroom wall closet (NON walk in)
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    Standing at the edge of the closet door and looking up. . . Still nothing to see!
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    Stepping backwards into the closet, leaning in, and looking up.
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    Marlin 1894CS .357/.38 Special lever gun

    I bought the white plastic hooks from Target. They were called "euro hooks", and no, I don't know why they are called that. I'd imagine that Home Depot or Lowe's would have similar. The hooks are mounted high enough that I literally have to stretch as far as I can to reach the gun.

    I also mounted a set in my down stairs hall closet, as that's where I was keeping the gun when we had the black bear hanging around. You may notice that the two hooks are not at the same height respective to each other. They are set up to hold the gun level (one hook on the stock area, the other on the barrel area).

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    I think it's a reasonable setup as you really cannot see the gun unless you stick your whole body into the closet (remember, it's NOT a walk in closet) and look up above the door.
     
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  2. badr1

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    mines leaning against the wall by the bed/nightstand.
     

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    Do the neighborhood kids come to your house?
     
  4. CAcop

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    I used to put it in a case under the bed that had a combo lock. Now that I have a safe from Costco it goes in there. Pretty fast to get out too.
     
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    hey, cool idea!:thumbsup:
     
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    Yessir, but my room is locked @ all times except when I'm in there getting dressed or sleeping.

    He asked how we store our house guns I answered?
     
  8. wjv

    wjv Zip It Stan Lee.. . .

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    I could never get away with that since it is also my wife's room, and she is in/out of the bedroom many times during the day as that is where a lot of her stuff also is. Our kids are in/out of the bedroom quite a bit also, as one of the chores assigned to the 10 year old is folding and putting away the clean laundry. But if it works for your situation, that's great. Sounds like you have a door that is a bit better quality than the standard hollow core interior doors that they put in homes now days!
     
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    My 870 is leaning up against my nightstand.

    Everybody in the house knows not to touch it, and if there is anybody else over the door gets locked.
     
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    leaning against the wall in the corner, loaded
     
  11. seamaster

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    How young are your kids and could they reach it if they used a chair to help them climb up there?

    I ask because I too have two young kids and either of them are now capable of climbing to the top self of my closet. My son is not even 3 but he's an expert climber!

    Thanks,
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    My primary house guns are two Red Dot, Streamlight TLR-2 laser/light equipped Bushmasters. One is by the nightstand and one is in another room.
    No kids.

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    A key part of his question involved the kids being in the house-he included that info. A key part of your storage because of your kid situation is a locked door. You didn't include that info.:wavey:
     
  14. wjv

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    Nope. . Not even while standing on a chair, and no place to climb. You could mount the hooks as high as you need to, as long as there is enough room between the hooks and the ceiling to get the gun in/out. If it's a semi-auto, you could also leave the full mags in a different place.
     
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    Mine is always at the ready in the safe, with the door open. I simply close and lock when I leave the house, and open when I return. I don't have any kids, yet :)
     
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    EXCELLENT idea. Thanks!
     
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    In my gun vault thats hidden...

    Guests do not even know its there unless I show them...
     
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    You keep a 'house gun' in a hidden vault?:wow: Kind of slow to get to isn't it?
     
  19. smullen

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    My Bad...

    I guess I never heard the term "House Gun" and assumed he meant where in the house do you keep your guns... Not really sure what I was thinking... I gotta lay off the crack.. :)

    I do keep an older modem Mossberg 500 (Short Barrel) in the bedroom, between the wall and the dresser... I can reach it pretty quickly if I need too...

    I've been wanting to get one of those small handgun safes to put under the bed to put a pistol, 2-3 mags and a light in....

    Also have a pretty good sized SOG knife, under the mattress on my side of the bed... Damn thing is heavy duty and razor sharp...
     
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    Same here.

    If the neighborhood kids happen to come in my house...well, that's what I've got the gun for.
     
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